Join ant specialist Ajay Narendra for a morning stroll to glimpse the fascinating world of one of the most dominant animals on the planet.
When: Sunday, 25th February, 10.00 am – 12 noon
Where: Mt Ainslie Nature Reserve; meet at the Canning Street nature park entrance; view this map.
Bring and wear: Sun protection, enclosed shoes and a magnifying glass if you have one. A gold coin donation to support the conservation work of the ParkCare groups would be much appreciated.
Children accompanied by adults are especially welcome.
Enquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org or ph 6247 7515
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The walk will be cancelled if it rains.
Ants play a leading role in the environment as predators and scavengers. Their highly social organization, effective communication and amazing navigation skills have been the object of research for generations. Mt Ainslie and neighbouring Mt Majura have a rich diversity of ants including several species of bull dog ants.
Dr. Ajay Narendra is an ARC Future Fellow and heads the Ecological Neuroscience group at the Maquarie University in Sydney. He is interested in understanding how insects navigate in their natural habitats, the information content in the environment they use, the sensory structures they have and the central processing units that allow them to memorise, integrate and recall information. Ajay’s research has largely focused on ants to take advantage of the inter- and intra-specific variation in size, in locomotion, in tasks and also in the different ecological and temporal niches they occupy.